In this feed I will share interesting news, articles, books and video's about UI, UX, web design, Design Systems, Drupal, new media and technology.
Cool CSS experiments regarding layering, filtering and masking by Jeff Zych.
Chris Coyer celebrates the demise of proprietary syndication formats such as Google's AMP or Facebook's Instant articles forcing publishers to jump through hoops. What still remains? Plain old HTML.
Lucide: a clean looking set of open source line icons.
When do you use a link and when do you create a button? Normally a link points you to a new place and a button submits a form. But it's not always that obvious as Killian Valkhof explains in this blog.
Scott VandeHey displays a collection of inspiring demo's to showcase the power of CSS blend modes. I'm especially intrigued by the halftone filter which can give images comic book feel.
Extensive guide by Andy Chan on all the skills you need in order to become a self-taught UI/UX designer.
A good alternative for (big) images and video's reducing the CO2 footprint of a website.
Matthias Ott confirms in this blog post what I've been thinking about a lot lately: HTML/CSS prototypes are the best way to design. Figma, Penpot and Adobe XD are nice but nothing beats a 'shitty' prototype in HTML/CSS when it comes to interactivity and responsiveness.
Interesting discussion happening in this Hacker News post about the scalability of Penpot, the open source Figma alternative. Even the CEO of Penpot chimes in with some reassuring comments.
Very cool CSS-only technique using blend modes to creating a hologram effect on images.
An interessting technique which uses system fonts instead of external webfonts.
- Fonts are directly loaded so quicker and more sustainable
- Uniform user experience as the font is similar to font used by the device
- System fonts have a broad range of style and unicode compared to webfonts
SVG illustrations have the future. They are the lightweight (less KB) alternative to images and videos meaning they will load quicker and waste less bandwidth making them more sustainable. You can also do very cool things with them as portrayed by Smashing Magazine.
Is Google dying? According to dkb.io it is. Because of Ads (increasingly more) and SEO (quality of SERP deteriorates). People are adding reddit to their search to get more 'human' results. I caught myself doing this as well lately.
What needs to be in your Design System? Brad Frost argues that a Design System is meant for User Interfaces. If we're talking about branding, tone of voice, content, performance, persona's etc. it only gets a place in a Design System as it pertains to User Interfaces.
Figma is not your Design System, according to Robin Rendle. The front-end is your source of truth. And I have to agree. Nothing works better than just building components in HTML/CSS giving the best insight in how components will eventually work in the wild.
Want to remember what you learned while reading? The moment you close a book most of the learned knowledge is gone. Not if you use Readwise. It will send you a daily digest with of all the highlights you've made. Easily worth the $4.49 a month.
Nathan Baschez makes an observation about how (web) design is evolving from using photo's to illustrations. High quality photo's are (now) cheap where creating costly custom illustrations/animations signals the organisation is wealthy and fit to survive.
"Quirky and minimalist interfaces don’t make users feel awesome — obvious, inclusive, and robust interfaces do." Adam Silver in Form Design Patterns
The Future of (web) fonts? Google just released Roboto Flex, a customizable web font. There are 12 different ways to tweak it, like thickness, stroke width and case heights. Try it out.
Do you really need to show a progress indicator above your form? Maybe not as GOV.UK found out when omitting it didn't result in any chance concerning completion rate and time.
The next big thing in web design will be sustainable websites. If you want to dive in right now read Sustainable Web Design by Tom Greenwood.
What is the best font for online reading? Unfortunately no definitive answer but still, some great new insights worth checking out.
Every designer should read 'Ruined by Design' by Mike Monteiro. It explains how we, designers, have to question everything we (are asked to) design.